Spring 2024 - PSYC 300W D100

Critical Analysis of Issues in Psychology (4)

Class Number: 1605

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Jan 8 – Apr 12, 2024: Tue, 12:30–2:20 p.m.

  • Prerequisites:

    PSYC 201W.



Trains students to evaluate critically important issues from the main areas of Psychology (e.g., Cognitive and Neural, Clinical, Developmental, History, Quantitative and Theoretical, Law and Psychology, Social)and to communicate their ideas clearly in written form. The content may vary in different offerings of the course. Writing.


Lectures and tutorials will be face-to-face.
This writing intensive course is intended to provide students training and practice in critically analyzing and writing about important issues in Psychology. Lectures will consist of presentations by faculty members in different areas of psychology (biological, cognitive, developmental, legal, social, theory and methods, etc.). Guest lecturers will be presenting on issues related to their own areas of research and interest, including requisite historical and theoretical background.


  • Exploratory Paper: 5%
  • Weekly in-lecture Writing: 10%
  • Peer Review Process: 10%
  • Term Paper (various components): 35%
  • Weekly Critical Readings Evaluations: 40%
  • This course uses Turnitin to check the originality of students' papers. Students who decline to use Turnitin may be unable to complete the course. *Please note: It is not the policy of the Psychology Department to record Undergraduate Course Lectures.*


No tutorials during Week 1


  • This course involves a heavy workload. It is recommended that you plan to take this course during a semester when you can manage the workload alongside your other classes and priorities (i.e., you may wish to take fewer courses when taking PSYC 300W). 
  •  You MUST add this course through the online registration platform (GoSFU). The professor CANNOT do manual additions. The waitlist will be honoured. Please DO NOT send emails requesting to be added.



Weston, Anthony. (2018). A Rulebook for Arguments (5th ed.). Hackett Publishing Company, Incorporated
ISBN: 9781624666544


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Registrar Notes:


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